The Risk to Heart Patients Who Stop Taking Aspirin.

This is a synopsis of an article published in TIME. 

In a new study published in Circulation, researchers show how risky it is for those who have had a heart attack or stroke, to stop aspirin therapy (taking a daily low-dose (80mg) of aspirin). The researchers followed more than 601,000 people on aspirin therapy and here’s what they discovered: 

Three years after the study began, people who stopped taking aspirin had a 37% higher rate of heart problems including heart attack and stroke, compared to those who continued regularly taking the drug.

Experts have found that most patients will adhere to their aspirin therapy for the first few months after a heart attack or stroke, but roughly 50% will stop taking their daily dose. 

“A lot of time patients don’t make the connection between aspirin and lower risk of heart attack and stroke, because, it is over-the-counter and you don’t need a prescription, people sometimes forget when it runs out to buy it again,” explains Dr. Nieca Goldberg, medical director for the New York University Center for Women’s Health and a spokesperson for the American Heart Association.

The results are in: aspirin therapy has been shown to lower the risk of blood clots and reduce inflammation (a cause for many chronic diseases including heart pathologies) and is a crucial part of preventing future heart problems and strokes. 

Read the full article here

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